I live in a part of the country where I own two sets of tires for my car. One set of all seasons for spring through fall and then a good set of studded snow tires for the winter. Last year I replaced both sets within a few months of each other which was painful to the budget but necessary.
Since I end up doing two changeovers per year when I first got my car I bought a second set of steel rims for my winter tires. They are nothing fancy but it saves a bunch of money come fall and spring. Instead of spending approx $80 to have the tires mounted and balanced twice a year I can usually get away with a $20 changeover as they are already mounted on the rims.\
This past weekend I decided to go a little out of my comfort zone and do the switch myself to save a little money. My sister always does her own changeovers so I figured I could do it as well. She lent me her tools (torque wrench and nicer jack than the one that comes with the car) and I got to work.
I was a little nervous at first but it really wasn’t all that bad. I didn’t keep track of the time but it probably only took me 30 minutes to get all 4 switched over and it saved me about $20. Not a huge savings but every little bit helps, especially as we have an investment property under contract and we will need a lot of money for that in January. So now when I drive around and hear the clicking of the studs on the pavement I smile knowing that I did it myself and saved money at the same time.